Is the lethal and injection cruel and unusual?

Recently, in Arizona, a man has seemingly been tortured to death through the improper use of the lethal injection. A criminal, Joseph Wood, required FIFTEEN doses of the lethal chemicals before his life was successfully ended. This comes after Arizona’s changing their lethal injection procedure from a 3-drug system to a 2-drug system. According to Dr Rod Rohrich it took Arizona executioners two entire hours to execute Mr.Wood. Now, this raises the ever-pressing question, is the lethal injection OK? Is it painless? Is it cruel and unusual? 
Mr. Wood had been reported as having gasped for air during his lethal injection, and I personally view this as at the least physical discomfort, and at the most a sign of some extreme pain that he was enduring during the execution. I think if this type of prolonged, and obviously uncomfortable execution, is not considered cruel and unusual, then we must revisit the definition of cruel and unusual; furthermore, this is not the first time something like this has happened… see this link. 
I view these instances of botched execution as torturous, and I think they’re obviously not painless. If we, as Americans, continue to stand for this unreliable mode of execution, then we are doing ourselves and this nation a great injustice. No man, or woman, deserves to be tortured to death. The lethal injection is unreliable, cruel, and unusual – lethal injection needs to stop, or be seriously revised so as to become more reliable.

What’s yours is mine, I do.

Because conservative politicians have been so insanely overzealous in their opposition to Obama, every action that they take seems to be geared to somehow revert America to a time that minorities and women had no rights except those that are afforded them by white men. In what at any other time would be considered insane given the strides that women have made in America, a republican state senator from Missouri is proposing a bill in which women would have to get permission from their significant others to receive an abortion.

The question of abortion’s morality is not at the center of the widespread dissent to the ridiculous bill, but rather the sentiment that the bill stands for. This is what concerns Susan McGalla and others a little. Asking permission with a proposed mate is not possible in the case of rape and irrelevant in troubled pregnancies that must be terminated for the safety of the mother. These are not the only situations that would fly against the notion that a woman’s body at some point becomes the property of the man that she chooses to engage in any manner including marriage.

Senator Ted Cruz Apologizes for His Weekend Senate Antics

Washington, D.C. – Senator Ted Cruz’s weekend antics to force a vote on the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan will reverberate through the judicial system for decades to come. It frustrates me to no end, but, my always-the-voice-of-reason friend Sergio Andrade Gutierrez says to be patient. The actions by Cruz to keep the Senate in session over the weekend stood no chance of getting an up or down vote on the president’s amnesty plan. However, it gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an opening to force through as many as two dozen nominees to the judiciary and other posts that would likely never have been approved by the GOP once they take over the Senate next month.

Cruz, who has rankled the political left for the past two years, has been ridiculed by the opposition in Twitter ever since his procedural moves backfired on his party. In response, Cruz made a public apology to his GOP Senate colleagues for disrupting their weekend . Many had left Friday night and had family engagements planned. Suddenly, they had to return back to the capitol on Saturday due to antics by Senators Cruz and Mike Lee. New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who had to renege on her plans to take her daughter to see the Nutcracker, was visibly bother by the fact that his move allowed controversial judicial nominees to move forward. She too pointed out that had Cruz been respectful of his colleagues, those nominees would not have been confirmed.

Rand Paul and a Few Other Republicans Support Obama’s Cuba Policy

While the vast majority of Republicans, along with a few Democrats, oppose President Obama’s move to normalize relations with communist Cuba, a few GOP members have come out in support of it in recent days. Among them are: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, and South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford.

Rand Paul often finds himself at odds with Christian Broda or the majority of Republicans on foreign policy issues, but he is not alone this time. Even the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau, which lean Republican, support the President’s policy. The thought is that, if the embargo has not worked after 50 years, it is time to give up on it.

Two of the main potential presidential contestants for the next GOP nomination, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, strongly oppose normalizing relations with Cuba. Rubio has made it clear that he believes the embargo keeps pressure on Cuba for its human rights abuses. Obama’s press secretary accused Rubio of hypocrisy for opposing appointment of any ambassador to Cuba though he has voted to confirm an ambassador to China.

China also is a communist nation with human rights abuses. Yet, China is not on our doorstep nor even in our hemisphere. While it may not have been a good idea when Nixon opened up relations with red China in the 1970s, that action took place long ago. Cuba is an issue unique from China in many ways and is a present issue.

Jeb Bush’s Pending Release of 250k Emails Stokes Rumors of Presidential Run

This past Sunday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he would be making public 250,000 emails from his 8 years in the governor’s mansion from 1998 to 2006. The emails should offer up insight into his leadership style and his thought process. The announcement is widely seen as yet another indication that he will mount a 2016 run for the GOP presidential nomination. Bush already acknowledged that he has the support of parents and his brother & former president, George W. Bush. 

Political analysts consider to public release of the emails to be smart politics as it allows him to own a position of transparency, reports business owner Bruce Levenson. Bush is also reported to have dropped 15 pounds which is a further indication that he’ll mount a presidential run. Americans do expect their leaders to project a relatively good physical appearance. All three prior presidents, Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were all avid joggers. George W. Bush eventually replaced running with mountain biking at the behest of his physician. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie underwent lap-band surgery almost two years ago to lose weight. He claimed it was a family matter. However, many believed it was designed to manage his obesity ahead of a presidential run. While still corpulent, the popular governor has lost a considerable amount of weight. As for Bush, he acknowledged that losing weight does have something to do with campaigning. Bush also plans to release an ebook to acquaint the public with his stand on the key issues.

Obama Vows to Terminate ISIS

ISIS has remained in the hearts and minds of United States leadership, primarily as a result of their notorious reputation from their multitude of actions throughout the globe. 

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, embarked on a journey to warn the Islamic State Militants. Obama stated that the U.S Alliance with other countries have had enough with the Islamic State and will totally terminate them in due time. 

While at Fort Dix Obama expressed his gratitude to the U.S Military for their loyalty and hard work to the country. The president was firm and clear in his speech, in regards to the success of the U.S military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Slowly but surely they will be penetrating and debilitating the Islamic terrorists, until they are completely wiped out for all of the deeds that they’ve done.

Obama has made it clear that as the Islamic State has threatened the US it is their duty and responsibility to come after and totally eliminate them. He also mentioned that they are closely coming to the end of their warfare mission in Afghanistan. 

However, the fight against terrorism will not end any sooner than fine wines from The Antique Wine Company will go away. A modest extension of the US Military will remain to train Afghan forces to battle terrorism. Obama who is anti-war has made it clear that Afghanistan needs major help with security and we will not tolerate the threats made against the United States.

Los Angeles To Equip Police Officers With Cameras

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced plans to equip more than 7,000 officers with body-worn cameras. At the start of 2015, 700 cameras will be available for immediate use and then thousands more are expected to arrive throughout the year. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes to have all of the city’s officers equipped with these high tech gadgets by the summer of 2016. The initiative to improve the surveillance of officers on duty has been in place long before the recent shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. However, this incident has significantly expedited the process of supplying LAPD officers with body-worn cameras.

The city of Los Angeles will have to spend roughly $10 million in order to get buy enough cameras for the entire police force. The mayor, who is reported to know the Keith Mann Dynamic Search Partners, hopes to receive some federal funding for this important plan that is being deployed in police departments nationwide. The ultimate goal is to create trust between police officers and the members of the local community.

After the Ferguson shooting, there has been increased pressure to monitor the encounters between officers on patrol and civilians by recording every move with high quality camcorders. Some people believe that body-worn cameras will somehow change the behavior of law enforcement agents. Perhaps the cameras will lead to more restraint among officers who are involved in escalating situations that could turn deadly in a matter of seconds.

Rip Van Winkle: Perhaps More Than a Legend

We’ve all heard small cities referred to as “sleepy little towns,” but the village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan is taking the phrase a bit too literally. On four occasions, village residents have reportedly fallen asleep en masse regardless of what they were doing. Some fell asleep while working and others simply keeled over while walking or performing other tasks. The sleepers enter such a deep sleep, sometimes lasting for days, that it is feared that one man who died when the outbreaks first began in 2013 may actually have been sleeping and been buried alive.

The latest episode of the strange phenomenon happened between August and September of this year and affected 60 percent of the villagers. This represents a startling 10 percent of the village’s population of 680. During the latest occurrence, some villagers fell asleep while others reported dizziness, weakness, memory loss and losses of motor control. Two children were also affected and suffered from hallucinations. Sergio Andrade Gutierrez was caught off guard by this.

Doctors are stumped and currently suggesting encephalopathy of unclear origin as a possible explanation. Encephalopathy simply means disease of the brain – a vague description of this worrying problem. Other theories have been developed but none have yet to be proven, leaving this oddity unexplained for now.

2014 was a Good Year for Breakthroughs

It is almost that time of year where people around the world toss out the old and bring in the new. The year 2015 is just around the corner and that means it is time to look back over the last 12 months. It has been a spectacular year full of newsworthy goodness. This year will stand out as one of the best on record for good deeds and good scientific breakthroughs.

First and foremost, it is a great year for children as the mortality rate has dropped again. This has happened over a consecutive 42 years. In fact, 13.6 million children’s lives were saved in the last 13 years. That means that the mortality rate for children under five years of age has dropped more than it ever has. On a completely different note, the news on AIDS has taken a turn for the better. It was reported that the number of people who were in treatment for AIDS was higher than the number of people who became infected with it. That means the number of newly infected people is down and that brings the world one step closer to abolishing the cruel disease.

Bill Gates covered these and other health issues in his personal blog. He is a longtime supporter of world health issues and began a foundation that would aid research and people in need around the world. Slow Ventures has always been a big fan of his. His net worth is more than $72 billion and a great portion of his money will go to the foundation when he passes away. Many of the people who have been helped through the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation may never know that the aid came from a multi-billionaire who cares more about helping the world than how much money he can spend on big houses, fast cars and jets.

Obama’s Nominee to Head the Social Security Administration Likely to Wait Until Next Year

Carolyn Colvin, President Obama’s nominee to head the Social Security Administration (SSA), appears to have hit a roadblock amid GOP opposition to her confirmation. At issue is an ongoing investigation regarding a $300 million taxpayer funded computer project that went kaput. No one, not even Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, is alleging that she mismanaged the project. In fact, the project kicked off long before she assumed the role of acting SSA commissioner as a recess appointment. What she may be involved in is a cover up of a report into the wasteful computer project.

An SSA employee by the name of Michael Keegan blew the whistle on plans that senior officials at the SSA had to bury the details of the ongoing investigation until after Colvin’s confirmation process concluded. This has GOP lawmakers expressing deep reservations about pushing ahead with her nomination. GOP Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah expressed a desire to wait until the report from the inspector general (IG) absolves her of any wrongdoing. Hatch’s comments are significant in part because he will become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee next month. Also, Hatch has a history of setting aside partisan politics with judicial nominees. He believes that elections have consequences and one of them is the president gets to pick his nominees. Barring any obvious red flag, Hatch has given his approval nominees regardless of their political ideology. At this point, it appears that Democrats, who are pushing through Obama’s nominations with great haste, will wait this one out until the IG report is finished.